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Hip Hop Roots/Innovation: Ezra Letra & Beatsmith Medore Release “Telethon of Regrets/ A Nobody”—November 2013

November 29, 2013


Ezra Letra‘s debut single, “Telethon of Regrets / A Nobody” launched Thanksgiving Weekend, 2013. Watching the video, listening to Beatsmith Medore‘s production, I kept thinking of The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life.” The recollections and linked sections, the experimental interlude—gravitas, ethereal & gritty, but with a dose of irony & optimism. It’s a sublime synthesis of film noir-style sound with Colombian music, hooking back into somber-toned raps. The voice of Ezra is reflective and alive. In fact, the emcee’s flow had me thinking a lit-hop hybrid of Big Pun & Cypress Hill. Mission next: Legalize the street scholar!


Beatsmith Medore’s work just feels grounded, his beats built and layered with root-keeping in mind, classic Beatnuts vibe, with a DJ Shadow-type experimental touch; organic ambient/environmental samples (storms, traffic, locusts, deep breaths & door knocks) that complement mood; and yes, yes, a dash-style of The Neptunes, laced up for fun!

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Beatsmith Medore – Screenshot from “Telethon of Regrets / A Nobody

The music video, directed by Ezra himself, celebrates place and roots (Queens gets its due) but it also reveals so much about preparation and process. I like this idea of how an emcee and beatsmith both get ready: Ezra brushing his teeth, Medore brushing the vinyl; Ez fitting the cap, the DJ his monitors.

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Ezra Letra – Screenshot from “Telethon of Regrets / A Nobody

The beatmaker is more of an “in-the-dark-behind-the-curtain musician,” whereas, the emcee is prepped for the visual bribe, making himself stand out not only through words but appearance.

A soulful homage. “Telethon/Nobody” looks and feels like a breakthrough track.

Production Notes: 

Release Date: Nov 27, 2013

First single off of “The Nobody EP” produced entirely by Beatsmith Medore
Directed by Ezra Letra



Recorded at The Last Ancients Studio

Mixed and Mastered by Crossworm

More TLA: Isaac Kirkman gets epigraphed and also appears in cameo. Jamez Chang is featured in the intermission skit as record executive “Sebastian Yee.”Cliff Brooks‘ “Draw of Broken Eyes and Whirling Metaphysics” also appears in the music video.

The Last Ancients

  1. I love this, good to see your hip-hop poetry lens filming with words.

    • Brilliant description of it, Isaac – that is exactly it.

      Having only listened until now in snatched moments, I’ve just relaxed long enough to let the whole track and cinematic vid unfurl. Beautiful work. Pathos and irony combine to to give something with the clean edge of truth, a reality of music lived as opposed to merely listened.

      • Even more wonderfully said!

      • Love that part about “music lived as opposed to merely listened.” Street scholar. Speaking to whatever the experience might be, while still entertaining. Thanks for the insightful comment, Rae, and there’s wonder we can achieve in those “snatched moments.” Great comment!

    • Thank you, Isaac. Cinema of the mind…forgot who wrote that…might’ve been Robert Olen Butler or someone before. Anyway, it’s fun to fuse in different filters or masks, and yeah, hip hop vibe is one of them. Much respect, Jamez

  2. Bill Baber permalink

    nice review, love the flow of this piece of music!

    • Thanks, Bill. Being in the flow is what it’s about. The result speaks to Ezra and Beatsmith Medore’s process. I appreciate the comment!

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